Five Fun and Harmless Halloween Pranks

Trick or Treat? Why not Trick?

This weekend, kids all over the country will be shouting “trick or treat,” before waiting impatiently on your doorstep for their loudly-demanded, chocolate-covered bounty. But why let them have all the fun? After all, it’s the parents who are underwriting this annual, cavity-inducing celebration, right? So shouldn’t we get to partake in some of the fun, too?

I know what you’re thinking. We do partake. But in my book, going on a three-week sugar bender is far from fun. So this Halloween, I’ve decided to turn the tables. “Trick or treat?” they ask?

Trick is my answer. (Before I cave and give out the treat, that is.) Thanks to some great ideas I found on two Halloween-themed websites, I’ve uncovered five harmless pranks that should make my night of handing out candy all the more fun.

5. An oldie but a goodie from Dress up as though you are the inanimate Halloween Decor for your lawn. Example: scarecrow, Frankenstein, etc. Be as still as you can. When someone walks by, jump out and scare the heck out of them. Another idea is to lay flat on the lawn, pretending to be in a grave marked with a tombstone. Imagine their surprise when you rise from the dead!

4. This prank, also from is a quirky one. Right up my alley. I can assure you I’ll be giving it a whirl on Sunday: Get dressed up so you are unrecognizable. Join a group of trick-or-treaters, preferably some you know. It will drive them nuts not knowing who you are.

3. I’m king of making jokes that kids don’t understand. (So why is it, I wonder, that I’m not funny, but the Simpsons are?) I have a feeling this next prank, from (which is a really cool website for what it’s worth) falls under that category. Maybe my wife will think it’s funny. I sure do: Hand out menus to the trick-or-treaters and let them order their own candy. Keep asking if anyone wants to see the wine list.

2. In keeping with humor that’s a bit off the beaten trail, the following gem offered by conjures up images mistaken i-deity (sorry). Might I also suggest you add a regal cape of sorts?: Put a crown on a pumpkin and put the pumpkin on a throne on your porch. Insist that all of the trick-or-treaters bow before the pumpkin.

1. And my personal favorite — it’s from It’s less funny and more creepy — probably not one I’d let play out for too long: Write on a mirror with your finger, delivering a scary message such as “I’m watching you!” Breathe on the mirror and you can see your words. Let it dry naturally. When your friend takes a shower, the words will appear again when the mirror fogs up.

Do you have any pranks to add to the list?

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